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Proverbs 9:1

ESV Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn her seven pillars.
NIV Wisdom has built her house; she has set up its seven pillars.
NASB Wisdom has built her house, She has carved out her seven pillars;
CSB Wisdom has built her house; she has carved out her seven pillars.
NLT Wisdom has built her house; she has carved its seven columns.
KJV Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars:

What does Proverbs 9:1 mean?

Chapter 8 depicted wisdom as a woman, calling out to anyone who would listen (Proverbs 8:1–4). Here, the imagery continues. Wisdom is imagined as a wealthy, generous woman who has built a fine home. The main implication here is of success, and an attractive situation.

The house built by wisdom has seven pillars. Bible scholars are uncertain if there is meant to be some deeper meaning for these seven pillars, other than that the house is very large. Some commentators think the pillars represent the seven days of creation; this would demonstrate that God is all-wise. God created everything in six days, and on the seventh day He rested, observing that everything He created was good. Others suggest the seven pillars represent the sun, moon, and five planets that people in early history knew existed.

The simpler and more applicable meaning is that Wisdom's house is large and spacious enough to accommodate all who wish to live there. No one is shut out from the invitation to come and mingle with godly wisdom (Proverbs 9:2–6).

In chapter 7, an adulterous woman was described extending an illicit invitation to her home (Proverbs 7:18–21). Later in chapter 9, a twisted reflection of wisdom—referred to as Folly—will make similar claims in an effort to snare victims (Proverbs 9:13–18).
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